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The Angels' Share (2012)

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Narrowly avoiding jail, new dad Robbie vows to turn over a new leaf. A visit to a whisky distillery inspires him and his mates to seek a way out of their hopeless lives.

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Mo (as Jasmine Riggins)
Scott Dymond ...
Willy
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Dougie
Caz Dunlop ...
Caz
Gilbert Martin ...
Matt
Stewart Preston ...
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This bitter sweet comedy follows protagonist Robbie as he sneaks into the maternity hospital to visit his young girlfriend Leonie and hold his newborn son Luke for the first time. Overwhelmed by the moment, he swears that Luke will not have the same tragic life he has had. Escaping a prison sentence by the skin of his teeth, he's given one last chance......While serving a community service order, he meets Rhino, Albert and Mo who, like him, find it impossible to find work because of their criminal records. Little did Robbie imagine how turning to drink might change their lives - not cheap fortified wine, but the best malt whiskies in the world. Will it be 'slopping out' for the next twenty years, or a new future with 'Uisge Beatha' the 'Water of Life?' Only the angels know........ Written by Rebecca O'Brien, producer

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$18,837 (USA) (14 April 2013)

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$304,357 (USA) (2 June 2013)
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Ken Loach described this film as a fable. Despite its grounding in the very real privations of working class Glasgow, its heist plot is more than a little fanciful. See more »

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When Harry is discussing Robbie's life of crime with him, he says that Robbie wouldn't want to miss his son growing up. This is discussed before the child is born. Later, when Luke (Robbie's son) is born, it is clear that no one knew that he would be a boy before the event. See more »

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Procurator Fiscal: [voice over] This is an unusual case, My Lord. The accused was at an unmanned station under the influence of a strong fortified wine. Railway personnel from some 20 miles away manning security cameras saw him staggering towards the station's edge.
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I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
Written by Charlie Reid (as Charles Stobo Reid) and Craig Reid (as Craig Morris Reid)
Performed by The Proclaimers
Licensed courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
© 1998 Zoo Music Ltd. All rights administered by Warner/Chappell Ltd.
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Delightful
19 October 2012 | by (North Lanarkshire, Scotland) – See all my reviews

'The Angels Share' is the latest film by Ken Loach about living on the rough side of Glasgow, Scotland and trying to cope with your past. It's a delightful little film that's really funny as well as portraying a lot of dark aspects about modern Scottish lifestyles.

The acting is surprisingly great; there are no real known actors in this besides John Henshaw who was fantastic despite not having a lot of screen-time. New-comers like Paul Brannigan are excellent and really carry this film. The performances of those main four characters are all done well, particularly Gary Maitland.

The script is quite interesting and has a great Scottish theme to it. The dialogue is fantastic, the conversations in this film seem so real and the colloquialisms provide so much humour for Scottish audiences. There have been few Scottish films lately that seem like a real Scottish film. The film also discusses a lot of other important issues i.e. alcoholism, drug abuse, poverty, violence and gang culture. It paints a picture of some people's lives in Glasgow.

Overall, this is a feel-good film which does discuss a lot of important, dark Scottish issues. It also has some great comedy included and fantastic dialogue making this film one of the best British films of 2012.


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